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US, UK have no plans for ground troops in Libya - Obama

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The United States and United Kingdom have no plans to deploy troops against the Daesh (IS) terrorist group in Libya, US President Barack Obama said in London on Friday, according to Sputnik.

"There is no plans for ground troops in Libya. I don't think that's necessary [and] I don't think it would be welcomed by this new government [of national accord]. It would send the wrong signal," Obama told reporters during a press conference with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

Obama added that the United States, United Kingdom and other allies are "more than prepared to invest in helping create border security in Libya," to combat terrorism in the country.

On Monday, UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond announced a $14 million aid package for the UN-backed unity Libyan government in Tripoli.

Last week, the White House said Obama would not hesitate to use military action against the Islamic State group in Libya if it is necessary to protect the United States and its allies.

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